Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

The Greatest Generation: Part II

1930s to 1960s I stated last week I was born in 1937. Families did not have much money and worked hard to put food on… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Recycling Bin: Community, art and climate change

Community, art and climate change This past week, environmentalist, philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Anchorage to announce that the City… Continue reading

Kenai Parks & Rec: Thanks for supporting the Fall Pumpkin Festival

The City of Kenai Parks & Recreation Department would like to send out a HUGE thank you to the following businesses and organizations in recognition… Continue reading

Minister’s Message: Thank a veteran this Veterans Day

I just happen to be a Gulf War Veteran that was randomly selected to write the Minister’s Message for the Clarion. My immigrant grandfather served… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: A Winter’s Frost

A Winter’s Frost By Marty Myre As the town evolves and begins to slow Ground covered in leaves Sky producing; a winter’s glow Sun had its time —… Continue reading

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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ — Passable family entertainment for the holidays

Let me get out of the way at the outset that this week’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is not a great movie by any… Continue reading

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Bookworm Sez: ‘Dracul’ — a terrifying take on a horror classic

It was just a little scratch. You wouldn’t have even noticed it, except for the blood — and there was a lot of that. A… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About the Greatest Generation

1930s AND EARLY 40s I was born in 1937. Families did not have much money or much to eat. But they were hardy and knew… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg
Closeup flute on the keyboard of piano, musical instrument (File photo)

Raften, Allison to perform Friday

The first Performing Arts Society concert of the season showed the international-caliber talent this area can attract in pianist Teresa Walters. The second one will… Continue reading

Closeup flute on the keyboard of piano, musical instrument (File photo)

It Is What It Is: Reading baseball

I think I’m at a point where I enjoy reading about baseball more than watching it. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a good ballgame.… Continue reading

Shop Talk: Piroshki’s Coffee and Tea Shoppe

It’s hard to miss the bright colors and decorations of the Piroshki Coffee and Tea Shoppe, which stands just north of Soldotna on the Kenai… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘Nine Pints’ — Following the trail of blood

“Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood” by Rose George It didn’t hurt at first. At least not for a… Continue reading

Everything is good in ‘The Good Place’

This week marks a bit of a departure from my usual review. Over the years, I’ve drifted from strictly theatrical films to streaming films, or… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Embrace Love

Embrace Love By Gaye LaRane One more day I rise to find another act of hate. One more day to suffer shock and offer prayers… Continue reading

Minister’s Message: Against monsters, light always wins

As I write this, Halloween is just a day away and we are making preparations for the costumed horde to swoop in for all the… Continue reading

A cow moose munches on some bushes Thursday, March 1, 2018 on Ohlson Mountain Road outside Homer, Alaska. She, another moose and a calf browsed just along the side of the road, where the snow was slightly less deep. With March bringing with it the whiplash of repeated snow falls and thawing, many moose are gravitating toward roads to give themselves an easier time navigating. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pioneer Potluck: Moose Meat Meat Loaf, a truly Alaskan meal

NIKISKI, ALASKA (formally North Kenai) 1967 TO 2018 I arrived in Kenai, Alaska, with three kids in July 1967. I did not know anything about… Continue reading

A cow moose munches on some bushes Thursday, March 1, 2018 on Ohlson Mountain Road outside Homer, Alaska. She, another moose and a calf browsed just along the side of the road, where the snow was slightly less deep. With March bringing with it the whiplash of repeated snow falls and thawing, many moose are gravitating toward roads to give themselves an easier time navigating. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Rusty Taylor and his partner, Danny Williamson, carve 50-55 pumpkins annually on Halloween. (Juli Leonard/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Unhinged Alaska: Bobbin’ for Apples

If you take a quick peek around the corner of tomorrow, you will see Halloween lurking there. It used to be a time where diminutive… Continue reading

Rusty Taylor and his partner, Danny Williamson, carve 50-55 pumpkins annually on Halloween. (Juli Leonard/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Bookworm Sez: ‘Plight of the Living Dead’ — Zombies meet science in an unsettling read

What’s bugging you today? Poli-ticks making you want to flea? Ant Doris on your case about the holidays already? It’s tough, really, especially when you’re… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: PFD — Wheeee!

PFD — Wheeee! By Hedy Huss Sixteen hundred bucks seemed so Big to me! Like a small fry with candy. And … sort of free. Throngs of shoppers… Continue reading

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ — a haphazard sequel lacking heart, and coherence

There’s a scene at the beginning of “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” that’s an annoying dog whistle, a call out to those extremists who seem… Continue reading